New Quebec French Language Law Has Game Devs Fearful Of The Future

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New Quebec French Language Law Has Game Devs Fearful Of The Future

A new law recently passed in Quebec, Canada designed to force immigrants to learn and use French in a short amount of time has many game developers in the area worried. The new bill could make it harder for studios to recruit and keep talent in a part of Canada that contains numerous big game studios and companies.

Last month, Quebec’s legislature passed Bill 96, which contains over 200 clauses, all designed to allow the government more ways to “reinforce the use of [the French language] in all areas of Quebec life.”

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While only some of Bill 96 is now active, many immigrants and companies in the province are already preparing for the changes that the bill will bring. One of the biggest is that, starting next year, all government communications and services will be written in French. Immigrants living in Quebec will still be able to access government services and sites in English, but only for six months after they arrive. Following that, people will have to use French, essentially forcing them to learn the language to continue to live and work in the Canadian province.

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